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Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store 917

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the bending-to-pressure dept.
recoiledsnake writes "Apple has removed the Gay Cure app after the pressure on Apple to remove the app started to snowball, culminating in an online petition initiated by Change.org which collected over 140,000 online signatures from people who wanted the app removed. Searching for the app now yields zero search results and Exodus International President Alan Chambers tweeted the following on Tuesday night. 'It's official, the @ExodusInl App is no longer in the @AppStore. Incredibly disappointing. Watch out, it could happen to you. #freedom' Gay Cure isn't the first app Apple has removed for touting an anti-homosexual philosophy. Apple back in November removed an app called the Manhattan Declaration which advocated the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman." I don't think Apple should have banned it: they should have just packaged it with an app to cure bigotry.
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Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

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  • by TheGatesofBill (637809) <sunookitsune@kitsunet.org> on Wednesday March 23, 2011 @09:50AM (#35586316) Homepage
    The thing is, it was never called "Gay Cure". It was listed in the App Store as "Exodus International".
  • In the interest of being truthful, the name of the app was Exodus International. There was nothing at all hateful or bigoted. This was aimed purely at people who had *unwanted* same-sex attraction, as is the entire organization behind it. People should really inform themselves about an organization before they start spewing rhetoric about how hateful they are. Exodus is not, and never will be, an anti-gay interest group. They sincerely want to help people, whether it's because they are fed up with the gay lifestyle, can't reconcile their same-sex attractions with their faith, or honestly just want information about whether there is another way. My family are close friends with Alan Chambers, as well as many other people within Exodus. If you are happy being gay, more power to you. They will never try to coerce someone into being "ex-gay", and they will never be a source of hatefulness to anyone. All they want to do is show that there might be another way of life that they believe is more fulfilling than the typical gay lifestyle.

    On another note, this is yet another example of why the Android platform is light-years ahead of the iPhone platform. Never would have been removed, and even if it had been, the developer would have been free to distribute it themselves. While I completely understand that it is within Apple's rights to remove any app for any reason, I can't help but think that this sets a very bad precedent. If all it takes is a petition and enough public pressure to remove an app, who's to say what other legitimate apps might be taken down? I'll take my open(-ish) platform, thank you.

  • Re:Careful (Score:2, Informative)

    by slim (1652) <john AT hartnup DOT net> on Wednesday March 23, 2011 @10:18AM (#35586734) Homepage

    Sorry, if you think homosexuality is "deviancy", you are pretty much by definition a homophobe.

    Nature (and God) made us to be one way and one way only

    What made homosexuals, if it wasn't nature?

  • by morari (1080535) on Wednesday March 23, 2011 @10:49AM (#35587388) Journal

    Being overweight is the result of poor choices. Yeah, it sucks when people get picked on for it, but it is an unhealthy condition that can be changed.

    So is being a Christian... :P

  • by tehcyder (746570) on Wednesday March 23, 2011 @12:04PM (#35588702) Journal

    It's only censorship if it blocks your own ideals. Blocking the opposing view is welcome!

    No, genius, it's only censorship if the government does it.
    If the Catholic Herald refuses to print my article on the positive morality of abortion or contraception, that's not censorship. If the government passes a law making it a crime to publishany articles in favour of abortion or contraception, then that is censorship.

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